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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do?

Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do? Domestic abuse is not just physical. It has a broad definition. It includes emotional abuse, threats, controlling and coercive behaviour and financial abuse. Any form of abuse is a crime. The law has strict measures in place to protect victims of domestic abuse. A…
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What impact does domestic abuse have on a child?

What impact does domestic abuse have on a child? This is often a question asked by victims of domestic abuse. Sometimes is it hard as a parent to put yourself first? So you look to the children you wish to protect. You try to see the damage that is being done to them. It’s natural…
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How can I help someone going through domestic violence?

How can I help someone going through domestic violence? You know someone going through domestic violence or abuse? Feel helpless? Don’t know what to do? It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do. Your gut instinct is to protect your friend or loved one. BUT, intervening can be dangerous for…
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Are you enjoying the world cup?

Are you enjoying the world cup? Excitement is mounting as England start their world cup journey. Our television channels, radio and newspapers are full of discussions about whether England can go all the way this year or if there will be disappointment when we crash out in the early stages. There is however a large…
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Changing how we think about domestic abuse

We need to change how society thinks about domestic abuse. Will the government’s proposed changes help? Key points of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill: A new definition for Economic Abuse This will include victims being denied access to jobs and/or money. It will also include being forced to take a loan. Proposed Domestic Abuse Protection…
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Changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims

Monday 8th January 2018 saw changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims come into force. Our article in early December highlights the Ministry of Justice’s plans. And we are pleased to see that the changes are now in force. So, what does it mean for victims of domestic abuse? Most importantly, it means more…
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Breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence

***UPDATE 08/01/2018 Changes for legal aid for victims of domestic violence come into effect *** It is so pleasing to hear the breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence. Samantha Lee, Director and head of Family Law explains, “Really good news - The Ministry of Justice have announced that they will be expanding…
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Theresa May to oversee new domestic abuse law

The government has said that the Prime Minister will directly oversee the creation of new domestic abuse law in England and Wales. It said that the current law lacks clarity and it is unacceptable that some areas worked harder than others in tackling domestic abuse. The aim of the new act would be to address…
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Domestic abuse victims left waiting for compensation

Government statistics have revealed that domestic abuse victims are left waiting for nearly 2 years to receive compensation for their suffering. Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that it took an average of 612 days (approximately 20 months) for victims of domestic abuse to receive compensation payouts from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).…
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Ban GP fees for domestic violence letters

Calls are being made for Jeremy Hunt to ban GPs from charging domestic violence victims up to £175 for a medical letter as proof. A letter signed by 16 Police and Crime Commissioners informs Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, that some GPs are charging fees for letters that allows victims of domestic violence to access legal…
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